Photo of the Day for October 31, 2011: Apple-Blessing Feast I / Яблычны Спас І

October 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Apple-Blessing Feast (part I), Azdamichy 2011.  Яблычны Спас (частка I), Аздамічы 2011 год.

Apple-Blessing is an early harvest rite, observed on August 19, Transfiguration Day in the Orthodox calendar.  In memory of children who have died young, people avoid eating new apples or other newly-ripe fruit before the blessing.  It is a traditional Belarusan belief that deferring the eating of apples permits deceased children to receive apples from the Lord in heaven first.

The Apple-Blessing church service in the central Polesian parish of the Holy Trinity (the villages of Azdamichy and Tsjerablichy) is one of the parish’s most important feasts in the cycle of the year.  This was the fifth time I have attended the Apple-Blessing feast in Azdamichy.  The celebration is my favorite photographic subject in Belarus.

Photo of the Day for October 30, 2011: Interior Light IX / Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне ІХ

October 29, 2011 8:00 pm

Interior Light (part IX), Azdamichy 2011.  Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне (частка IХ), Аздамічы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for October 29, 2011: Belarus in Faces X / Беларусь у тварах Х

October 28, 2011 8:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part X), Azdamichy 2011.  Беларусь у тварах (частка Х), Аздамічы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for October 28, 2011: Belarus in Faces IX / Беларусь у тварах ІХ

October 27, 2011 8:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part IX):  Bell-Ringer Mrs. Janina Krot and Father Sjarhjej Surynovich, Church of Divine Providence, Slabodka 2011.  Mrs. Krot rings the church bells every day at noon.

Беларусь у тварах (частка ІХ):  Званарка Яніна Крот і айцец Сяргей Сурыновіч, касьцёл Божага Провіду, Слабодка 2011 год.  Спадарыня Яніна звоніць званы штодня а 12-ай гадзіне.  Гл. таксама цудоўны сайт айца Сяргея:  http://bartnicki.livejournal.com/

Photo of the Day for October 27, 2011

October 26, 2011 8:00 pm

Samavol’tsy 2011.  Самавольцы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for October 26, 2011: Belarus in Faces VIII / Беларусь у тварах VIII

October 25, 2011 8:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part VIII), Rubjel’ 2011.  Беларусь у тварах (частка VIII), Рубель 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for October 25, 2011: Belarus in Faces VII / Беларусь у тварах VII

October 24, 2011 8:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part VII), Tsjerablichy 2011.  Беларусь у тварах (частка VII), Цераблічы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for October 24, 2011: Blessing of Students V / Дабраслаўленьне вучняў V

October 23, 2011 8:00 pm

In the Orthodox parish of the Holy Trinity Father Aljaksandr traditionally performs the service of blessing for pupils and older students from Azdamichy and Tsjerablichy on the last Sunday of August.  In 2011 the service occurred on August 28, the Feast of the Dormition.

Ужо пэўнай традыцыяй стала дабраслаўленьне вучняў і студэнтаў на новы навучальны год, якае праводіць айцец Аляксандр у царкве Сьвятой Тройцы (прыход вёсак Аздамічы й Цераблічы) у апошнюю нядзелю жніўня.

Azdamichy 2011.  Аздамічы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for October 23, 2011

October 22, 2011 8:00 pm

Barns, Tsjerablichy 2011.  Цераблічы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for October 22, 2011

October 21, 2011 8:00 pm

Pumpkins, Shypilavichy 2010.  Шыпілавічы 2010 год.